When I was at SFWoA this past Thursday (my second time in 2 weeks/ever, I am a SFDL local), the stupid employees almost let a train go without pushing down 2 peoples knee pad things! I didn't realize that the ride could still start w/o these pushed down (the green safety light things would usually tell them) but apparently the computer can still let it run. The employees were too busy fooling around and completely forgot.... the train reclined back, and just started to move when the lady was screaming at the top of her lungs... the trains un-reclined and they pushed down the restraints and all the employees just watched in awe and the control panel guy couldn't believe what he had just saw. A major accident could have happened and I am glad it didn't happen.
The thing that gets me most is that the employees CONTINUED to fool around and play around with little toys and whatnot the rest of the day. One of the guests had the guts to yell at the guy, and when he talked to the main op/manager person he said, quote: "Part of the job is to have fun, and that is what they are doing"... What! Are you joking me! Having fun and not worrying about peoples safety are two different things. Sure everyone makes mistakes, but it still makes me feel strange inside.
Ok, enough... that is only one of the several SFWoA complaints I have and I know how much we all don't like bashing so I won't say anything more.. but I had to mention that...
SFWOA sounds like one of the "bad" Six Flags parks. The photos of the park look pretty dirty also. Which once again proves my point......... PEOPLE SHOULD GO TO SFNE!
*** This post was edited by sfne guy on 7/24/2001. ***
i heard in some six flags park that some ride attendents were fooling around and not paying attention to the train load of lives they basically had in there hands. One of those attendents was too busy flirting with some girls and letting them make announcements over the ride's pa system. bad isn't it.
SFDL Dude, When I went to 6FLAGS Worlds Of Adventure during my Cedar Point trip July 12-18 I noticed the samething its like the ride operators dont even care, did you go to guest services and tell anyone,? or if I were you I would go directly to the director or highest manager there and show him what you have been observing. Cedar Point operators are much more perfesonal!!! ("There could have been a death or serious injury on that day and you may have been an EYE WITNESS!")
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A similar type of situation happened to me when the park was called Geauga Lake a few years ago. Just to make it short, me and my girlfriend got aboard the Double Loop. The train started going and we noticed our harnesses were not locked down. Fortunately, we had the train stopped after about 10 feet. What the heck could have happened had we not noticed and we went upside down on the loop?? The ride opp came over and locked down our harnesses and offered no apology. We went directly to GL PR dept, and was basically told that all they could do for us is give us some Geauga Lake cash, and that a manager would be in touch with us. Of course a manager never called. However I sent them a extremely nasty letter and recieved a call from them a few days later, asking me what the heck I was talking about. I received free tickets so I wasn't that upset anymore. Just thought I voice my little story since is goes along with this thread's theme.
I went to SFWoA for the first time this year, and I'm a CP veteran. I noticed that compared to CP, at SF I felt leery about getting on rides. I don't know why, but I didn't feel safe like I normally do at CP. I think it was due to the fact that the young ops were making me nervous. I honestly don't think I'm going to go there again. CP is closer to me and IMO, a much better and safer park.
Its not going to be until a major accident happens there until something is done, its a shame. I hear countless reports of these types of things, and yet it never stops. Bad operations won't prevent me from going there, but it won't bring me back.
What idiots! I think anyone who does this should be sacked the minute its reported. Theres a fine line in between fun and work, and they were nowhere near the line! You can have fun with a job, but work comes first!
sfne guy said: "SFWOA sounds like its run by retards!"
The only "retard" would be someone stupid enough to make a moronic comment like that. Show a little sensitivity.
I think that you're over-stating the situation. Sure, they reclined the trains, but they didn't dispatch, and I suspect it's because they couldn't. There was no accident, and there wouldn't have been. Fortunately the machine compensates for stupidity.
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VIPER said: "...if I were you I would go directly to the director or highest manager there and show him what you have been observing."
You'd be lucky if you got to see a manager, I asked to see someone important and the dip n dots man appeared! No, seriously, they refused to fetch a manger despite my complaints about safety.
I saw someone with a video camera on the front seat of the Villian and they let the train go despite the fact it clearly says no loose articles or cameras aloud on the ride. Since someone was injured on the Villian by a cell phone, I felt my safety was jeopardised on this ride and guest services didn't care! All they said was fill out a report and they will contact me.
I filled out the report and never heard anything, and that was in May.
They can build as many coasters and rides as they like, until the park improves its operations and safety - I won't be going back (except to pick up a cheap seasons pass next year).
I would have to agree with the complaints! I don't know what it is but they have all these young kids working at SFWOA and there minds are not just their so what I would suggest is to be VERY CAREFUL when your their and keep a eye out for your kids! compaired to CP you can't touchem
I seriously question where SFWoA finds these employees. It's a shame, this park has potential but it all it wants to do is grow without improving the smaller, more important aspects of the park like cleaning up, and hiring attentive staff (we'll start with "attentive" and then move our way up to "friendly").
If you think it only happens at Six Flags, you're sadly mistaken. Consider this scary incident from my trip to Knoebels last week:
A distracted ride op forgot to engage the sled brakes on Twister, sending the train hurtling through the station. Thank God there wasn't another train in the station. Then one of the checkers is walking on the sled brakes while the ride is in motion.
I agree that maybe it's time that we look into minimum age requirements (if they don't already have them) to run the control panel. By the way, I find the headline of this story to be offensive. To me it's as bad as the nightly news, or one of those magazine shows. Unless something actually did come close to happening (like two trains almost colliding), don't report it as such please.
I really can't belive SFWoA, but nowadays it seems like all amusement park's employees have gone down hill. Evan the once great employees of Kennywood have gone downhill. Of course Cedar Point's have stayed gold all these years :).